littleBits Cloud Module

littleBits_Cloudmodule

“Make everyone an inventor” was littleBits mission, when they started their project in 2011. For far too long have only large companies, programmers and engineers been able to use technology in a creative way and whereas 3D printing and software development have made a big step forward in the last years, tools to build complex electronics weren’t as quick to come by. For two years littleBits worked on their attempt to “democratize electronics” and enable makers, artists, students and designers to build their own gadgets easily.

So far they have developed several, colorful modular kits to tinker with; let yourself get inspired by the project ideas on their website. They created for example the Synth Kit, an analog synthesizer with different modules that you can simply stick together like Legos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vDxz8bpqOMU

This week they announced the release of the Cloud Module for later this year which will be, as they say, “the easiest and fastest way to create internet-connected devices” and also to connect them amongst each other (keyword here is of course the Internet of Things) without any soldering or programming. Sounds yummi, right?

You can get more infos here.

 

Fritzing Fab 100

Fritzing Fab 100 PCB in goldOur Fab-Run 100 just came back from our Berlin based manufacturer. It looks so awesome that we are really tempted to keep all the great PCBs for ourselves. Sorry guys, we can’t send them out and all of you will get refunded :D

No, as scheduled, we will send your orders out, tomorrow. If you have any feedback, please let us know. Thank you for flying with Fritzing Fab and we hope to see you soon back on Fritzing Fab!

Fritzing Fab Run 100!!!

Fritzing Gold

No, not a hundred years but next week, we will send the production number 100 to our factory. Thank you very much for your beautiful boards!

To celebrate it, all PCBs will be produced with gold plating.

Wikipedia: «Gold plating is often used in electronics, to provide a corrosion-resistant electrically conductive layer on copper, typically in electrical connectors and printed circuit boards.»

Yes and: It is beautiful! So if you want it, order until Tuesday morning (10 o’clock CET).

Order now: Fritzing Fab

The MicroSlice - A Mini Arduino Laser Cutter & Engraver on Kickstarter

MicroSlice_Kickstarter

The MicroSlice is a DIY-at-home mini laser cutter & engraver and right now up for backing on Kickstarter. It is able to cut paper and engrave wood & plastics on a working area of 5 cm x 5 cm.

The MicroSlice works with an Arduino UNO, which is included in the full kit together with all the other necessary parts. The software is open source and free to use for personal usage.

https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/755836/video-335605-h264_high.mp4

 

Hopefully in the future there will be the possibility to not just engrave but so cut wood and plastics with it at home…how cool would that be?

Check it out!

Fashiontech by Anouk Wipprecht

What does fashion lack? “Microcontrollers” – this states dutch fashiontech designer Anouk Wipprecht on her website. And if you have a look at her portfolio, you will most certainly agree.

Intimacy for example is the name of a dress which thanks to smart e-foils becomes transparent based on personal interactions.

https://vimeo.com/29952304

Another one is the Pseudomorphs dress: At first an innocent white, it soon becomes unique  and quite colorful, when ink trickles out of diverted medical equipment and tubes to find its way down the dress, creating a new pattern every time.

https://vimeo.com/44149906